The Rio Ferdinand Foundation, strategic partner in the 5 Star Active partnership, INTRODUCED 60 YOUNG PEOPLE TO RIO FERDINAND together with friends from Big World Impact and QPR in the Community Trust.

60 young people, boys and girls aged 14-16, attended the day which offered employability workshop and a football tournament, a great chance for these participants to meet other young people from Hammersmith & Fulham, Brent, East London and Leigh Park as well as experience a Q&A with Rio Ferdinand.

“It is amazing being able to give back to the community by meeting some of these young people, who like me grew up on estates and tell them that they just need to keep working hard and anything is possible. I would also like to thank everyone involved for making this happen.” Said Rio Ferdinand.

Rio Ferdinand took the stage after he finished training with QPR’s first team, for 45 minutes of Q&A with Dan Edwards.

“It is really exciting that we are giving young people from Leigh Park,” said Julian Wadsworth MBE, Community Engagement Manager, Big World Impact said. “It is a life experience at QPR training ground to participate in a football competition and an opportunity to meet such an inspirational figure, Rio Ferdinand.

“We are very grateful to QPR Community Trust for hosting this event and to Rio Ferdinand for his passion, supporting young people around the employment and enterprise agenda.”

The employability workshop was delivered by Jason Yarrow from the Imperial College careers service, while the tournament was held at QPR’s first team’s training ground for the vulnerable young people.

To see more pictures from the day – visit RFF’s Facebook page…